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Boy with leukaemia ‘fulfils wish’ to find Loch Ness Monster

Zachary White was taken to the famous waters in the Highlands by a children’s charity.

Zachary White said he spotted the monster after setting out on the water of Loch Ness (Peter Devlin/PA)
Zachary White said he spotted the monster after setting out on the water of Loch Ness (Peter Devlin/PA)

By PA Scotland reporter

A boy with leukaemia “got to see the Loch Ness Monster” after a charity came forward to help him fulfil his wish to visit Scotland.

Zachary White has endured surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant since he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in February.

The five-year-old from Bracknell, Berkshire, is “obsessed with Scotland” and his greatest wish was to visit the country, watch ice hockey, see bagpipers and find Nessie.

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Zachary White with the Loch Ness Monster in the background (Peter Devlin/PA)

Children’s charity Rays of Sunshine enlisted the help of Loch Ness Cruises – and a Nessie prop – to arrange a hunt for the mysterious monster.

Zachary was given a kit of binoculars, compass, magnifying glass and a handheld torch.

After an hour out on the water on Tuesday, he noticed something way off in the distance.

He said: “I spotted Nessie – I can’t believe that I got to see the Loch Ness Monster.

“Not many people get to see her and I got to see her.

“She was green and scaly, a bit like a dinosaur, but a friendly monster.”

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Zachary White with his parents (Peter Devlin/PA)

His parents, Katie and Mark, said: “Seeing him back to his old self, so excited and smiling, has been fantastic.”

Rays of Sunshine – a charity for seriously ill children aged three to 18 across the UK – grants wishes and provides support within hospitals.

Zachary’s trip meant it has reached a milestone of 7,000 wishes granted.

Jane Sharpe, Rays of Sunshine chief executive, said: “I am so thrilled that we were able to make Zachary’s wish come true and in such a spectacular style.

“This wish clearly came from Zachary’s own imagination, inspiring the Rays of Sunshine team to go above and beyond to create the most magical experience possible.”

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